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Veltins Pilsner - Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.

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193 Ratings

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%

Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000)
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Photo of dar482

New York

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an aroma of grass, floral, a light bready malt.

The flavor follows of that bright green grass in the front, some floral hops, and a clean lager yeast. A bready malt in the middle.

A light and effervescent mouthfeel.

This is on par for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 04:15:41 | More by dar482
Photo of FLima


3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color with a thin head with short retention.
Clear aroma of sweet malt and floral hops.
Flavor of sweet pale malt with notes of herbal hops and vanilla. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Above average German Pilsner, a bit more malty and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 16:33:24 | More by FLima
Photo of mactrail


2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale golden color in the German mug. Decent mustache of foam. Average carbonation in the mouth for a typical lager.

Watery taste as well as body. Persistent, odd resiny taste is pretty much it for flavor. Sharp and spritzy mouthfeel makes it good for a fast quaff, at least. Being thirsty myself, I had more hope for this. Slight hoppy tang with a hint of medicinal bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall it would be interesting to see if this was any better than the other industrial euro lagers. It doesn't speak much for the German brewing tradition except for being clean and inoffensive. On tap at the Kaiserhof in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 06:10:45 | More by mactrail
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3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a self-titled glass steidl in a bar in Ibiza, Spain. Cost was 3.80 euro - high by Spanish standards. Reviewed from notes taken in April 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair thickness but little cream. Retention is decent. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Pleasant clean barley.

T: Refreshing clean barley body with a climax loaded with crystal malts. Some background floral hopping as well. Unexpected. It's balanced and refreshing but simple. Some slight cream comes through on the finish, which is a nice touch. Built well for what it is.

Mf: Very smooth and wet. Crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel complements the flavour of the beer and what it's going for.

Dr: Expensive by Spanish standard, but a good refreshing sessionable beer. I like it.


Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 02:52:03 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Jayli


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes
Served in a Pilsner glass at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA

A: This beer pours a clear, light yellow with a two finger of bone white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Nose is hay, grain, grass, and a touch of undescernible fruit.

T: Taste starts with grain, hay, grass - very thick and earthy tones.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, thin feeling throughout with a slightly dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, somewhat tasty, not filling, mild kick, this was perfect for a hot summer night. Not sure I would enjoy this as much any other time of year, but it is definitely a great for a summer night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 00:41:30 | More by Jayli
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a decent white head - typical, but still appealing. Well, it is a pilsner. Strong aroma has a malty core and a robust fruity overtone, pear and apple with a touch of banana. Flavor is crisp and malty with a bitter hoppy undertone and a bit of fruity sweetness. Body is a bit thicker than I expect with this sort of beer, and is quite fizzy. I’m not a pilsner fan, preferring dark beers such as stouts, but I will give any good beer a try regardless of variety.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 16:19:08 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.5 because it is nostalgic - love drinking this out on the wandernweg in Sauerland. The appearance is light and clean. Taste is not overpowering and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is a little thin (watery), but is very refreshing in summer. Great water source that makes this Pilsner taste so fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 17:26:08 | More by sim0n17
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3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say about this beer - it's an absolute staple and our local football club's long-time beer and sponsor. I have probably had 10x more of this than any other beer combined by sheer volume.

The appearance is impeccable if served right - straw golden color, completely clear obviously and with a head that is the right size and has good retention.

Nothing extremely pleasant or unpleasant about the smell, it's a Pilsener - enough said.

The taste is again good, clean and a little on the bitter side for a German Pilsener with some herb-like hop flavors which make it a little more interesting. It goes down smooth out of bottles, cans, from taps, doesn't matter.

The mouthfeel is good, perfect carbonation - as you would expect from a major, industrially produced product.

What I like about this beer is that it is always reliable and I know I can go back to it when I just want a fresh, cold beer and not worry about taking tasting notes. It doesn't produce the excitement of craft beer and it's not innovative in any way - it's just a fine and mature product. For what it's worth, it does the job perfectly for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 08:08:01 | More by mbasti
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4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a honey-gold color with good carbonation leaving bubbles and a small white cap

S: Hints of floral hops, a bit of pepper, biscuit, sweet grain presence

T: Soft, sweet, crisp and light. Awesome. Floral hops, biscuit, sweet grains.

M: Light in body, but solid. Moderately carbonated and quite dry.

O: Very easy to drink, very tasty. This is how I like my pils!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 17:15:24 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of largadeer


4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourme Haus Staudt.

Clear pale gold, slightly hazy, topped by half an inch of lasting head.

Really nice hoppy aroma, grassy and citrusy, herbal, mildly sulfuric, crackery pils malt. Clean and fresh.

Herbal, earthy and grassy noble hop flavors hit the tongue first, followed by a touch of sweet, bready pils malt. It dries up quickly in the finish, ending with a bitter herbal and mineral bite. Very light and dry; punchy but refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 00:40:52 | More by largadeer
Photo of beertunes


3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this at a brew fest this past summer, they were giving away bottler openers. Which I found odd for a beer only available on tap in my area. Well one of my locals finally put it on tap and I can add it to my list.

Served in Imperial pint glass. The beer poured a clean, clear, bright yellow with a bright white head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma was the typical blend of grain, hops and yeast. The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma but had a touch of skunk that wasn't in the aroma.

The body was good, a bit fuller than is typical for the style, which I enjoyed. Drinkability was good, I could have a couple of these. Overall, a decent version of the style, worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 02:03:17 | More by beertunes
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2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Veltins Brauerei--Grevenstein, Germany--Veltins Pilsener. 4.80% ABV. 30 IBU's? (2.5 / 5.0) Thin mild lace white head. Clear thin bright yellow color. Bavarian stank hint noble hop front. Thin crisp dry Pils body fades to weak mild end. Bland but easy smooth & crisp. 5 oz Taste @ Fremont Oktoberfest 9/24/2010.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 19:48:53 | More by philbertk
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Paderborn Germany for a few days and, of course, was very excited about trying as many new Pilsners as I could. My hotel had Veltins, which were available in many sizes including a full liter. The beer was kinda light on flavor and color. Aroma was pretty good. Not a bad beer but not outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 00:05:19 | More by david18
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a branded pils glass at Beer Academy in Athens Greece.

A: Plenty of carbonation. Light gold. Head is 1.5 fingers foamy and bubbly with ok retention.

S: Soapy, lemony, some balance. Very subtle.

T: OK balance, light bread, some lemon hints. Easy drinking pils with not a lot of hop character. Light bitterness in the finish. Clean.

Overall: Maybe intended for a light beer drinking market (such as Greece). An Average pils with nothing too special, but also nothing really bad about it either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 10:15:30 | More by BucBasil
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very plesantly suprised to see this beer 'on-tap' at my overnight accommodation this week. I'd booked the Lamb Inn in Iron Acton because it was a Real Ale pub.

Veltins Pilsner is an old friend of mine from years ago, thought I'd reviewed a bottle on here, but no record appears to back that up.

Anyway, the three pints I had all came in tall badged glasses and looked a picture; Clear bright golden yellow body witha good firm white head, retension was good and the lacing stayed on the glass as the liquid flew down my throat.

The Pilsner/lager style doesn't produce any great aromas for my nose, this beer is no different, a few hops, grass and some flowery hints, but nothing to really get into.

The flavours and taste is typical clean German mass produced Pilsner, but a little stronger than say, Bitburger, and with more freshness too.

It brought back happy times and the days of my courting while in germany back in the 70's, glad I stumbled across it again (I have two old Veltins glasses that I use to review lagers and pilsners in).

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 19:14:50 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of FatCaster


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Schultzy's on the Ave says this one is an "exclusive" to them. I don't know about that, but I was just happy they put it in a proper pilsner glass.

A--Honey golden with sticky arches on the head, but it didn't stick around long. Very little bubbles rose up from the bottom.

S--Sweet apple with a bit of pine tree tossed in.

T--Refreshing and herbal on top and tasted strongly of honey in the back. None too complex, but pleasant.

M--Low carbonation, and not too dense, but it does linger a bit.

D--A fresh and drinkable brew and a half liter wasn't enough to satisfy my thirst. Very pleasant.

Not a lot to it, but reccomended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 07:48:29 | More by FatCaster
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow, clear as water, llittle head but lots of carbonation.
S - Metallic and coppery, very little smell otherwise.
T - Very little taste, drying and a bit bitter, but not hoppy. Largley tastes of metal. Not offensive, but watery.
M - Very light, watery.
D - About as drinkable as cold water. And about as flavourful.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 12:35:01 | More by Quej
Photo of Haybeerman


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear straw yellow color. Poured two finger white head that dissipated slowly. Decanted continuously. Light lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, wet grains. Grassy hops.

T: Cereal malts. Slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Light body. Very crisp, clean. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Well-balanced malts and hops. Can drink more than a couple...and did.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2008 23:48:10 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of argock


4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Straw-yellow with only a thin cap of head with strands of lace down the glass. Probably not the best pour in the world.

S: Delicious sharp herbal hops with sweet malt/grain aromas.

T: A clean tasting brew with woody, herbal hops and a sharply sweet dextrin flavors dominating with noble hops finish that is typical for the style. The yeasty, bready side is less prominent but present.

M: Easy to drink with a velvety feel and relatively low carbonation for a lager. Sweet and noble hops in the aftertaste.

D: A really enjoyable German pilsner which went well with my cheese pizza. Easy to drink with a distinctive dextrin sweetness playing off of a woody hops gives it a unique slot in the German pilsner style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 04:06:58 | More by argock
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Served in a pint glass. Body is clear light yellow with a small white head. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Not too strong in the nose -- floral and grassy hops over husky grains.

T: Biscuity malt and grainy malt sets the foundation, then comes a fairly crisp, dry, lemony, grassy finish with a slight spicey bite.

M: Light, as you'd expect from a pilsner, but with a nice crisp feel to it.

D: Good.

Notes: I suspect this is better on tap than the green-bottled version we get in the US, but if I could get it to taste like this in the bottles, this would make a decent summer pilsner. A good start to the evening on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2008 14:10:17 | More by Kendo
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a classic Pilsner glass. It came with one finger foamy white head that did dissipate quite quickly.

The beer was a bright golden color, was clear and had nice visible carbonation.

The aroma was fresh, fruity and somewhat spicy.

I thought it had very nice taste that was well balanced.

Started with a nice spice and transitioned to a smooth finish with a nice lingering hop finish.

Really nice.

This beer has excellent mouth feel and excellent drinkability.

When you are in the mood for a Pilsner, I would recommend giving this one a try.

Good effort.

(I'd still take a Victory Prima Pils over this and other Pilsners)

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2008 00:50:44 | More by Reagan1984
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3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5


That’s what this beer is all about. It’s easy on the lips like Jessica Alba is on the eyes. It’s light, blonde, soft and spicy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the body.

Flavor wise, there isn’t much there. I would say that water is the primary flavor with some light, almost toasty malts and herbal hops follow through with some pleasant notes. Aroma is light, not quite skunked, and mostly light herbal and floral German hops. Mouthfeel is watery, but lighter then water somehow.

Overall, dull, but oh so drinkable. Very nice but can you believe that Opus charged me $5.50 for a 10 oz poor of this?

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2007 14:43:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cock & Bull in Covington, Ky. Appropriate medium straw color. Not quite crisp, but still pleasantly sharp malt profile. Hopping was nondescript, but adequate. Some hard-water mineral notes. Finish was clean, with a lingering, slightly acidic hop bite.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2006 20:48:15 | More by Brent
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3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pale yellow color with a finger and a half of head composed of rather large bubbles that fell to slightly ring the top ofthe glass. The nose was slightly grainey and touched with a hint of noble hop. I would like a little more gusto flavor-wise. The flavor was much the same. A big dose of graineyness hovering over a very light bed of spicey noble hop. The feel was light and bubbly. Very refreshing on a summer night on the patio of our local watering hole. Drinkability was not all that bad. It was easily consumed and quenced my thirst after not having beer for a few days of being sick. Overall, average, but refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2005 02:50:41 | More by kmpitz2
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3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Low to medium aroma intensity for a Lager. Smells of yeast and hops are present but faint. Malts come through but are light.
Appearance: A straw colored pour into Veltins customed glass (quite nice by the way). Head color is stark white and and stablized at about 1/2 inch. Loosely woven bubbles, highly carbonated (perhaps too much).
Taste: Light, even for a pilsner. Not very daring on any end; hops, malt, or alcohol. Light in body. Hops barely present until the finish. Hopping folded with the yeast gives this beer a little to talk about.
Aftertaste: a little yeasty and grainy, but not too bad. Malts and hops stick around for a while. Mouthfeel leads a bit dry and tart.
Impression: Glad it was served in a nice glass. A good transition for your yellow-beer-drinking-buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2005 12:23:10 | More by BEERchitect
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Veltins Pilsner from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
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